Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny revelled in winning a Premier League six-pointer against rivals Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.Koscielny completed the scoring in a rousing 2-0 win with his first goal since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last May.But the truly impressive element of a victory that brought the Gunners to within three points of their opponents in the final Champions League qualification spot was tireless collective effort – something the former France defender welcomed seven days on from a lacklustre defeat at West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Today we needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny told BT Sport.”If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together.”It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”When we talk about a clean sheets it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back it is easier to win the challenges.”It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb 14th-minute opener for Arsenal, deftly engineering space in the box to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post.”This is what the coach asked us to do in the dressing room – [press] from in front. We worked, we fought all the game,” he told BT Sport.”We are now three points to Chelsea so we are still in the race and we will fight until the end.”Koscielny’s goal – an attempted header than spun in off his shoulder – was not so easy on the eye but every bit as valuable.”I did my work in the gym,” he joked.”We know a free-kick or a corner is always important in modern football, the small details. I’m happy to score.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Next Champions League: Not the game we dreamed of, says Klopp after Liverpool draw vs BayernChampions League, Round of 16 first leg: It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three on Tuesday. advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 20, 2019UPDATED: February 20, 2019 08:44 IST Liverpool will take on Bayern Munich in the second leg in Munich on March 13 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBayern Munich clinched a crucial 0-0 draw at Anfield in the Champions League last 16 on TuesdayThe result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here: Niko KovacBayern Munich showed all their Champions League experience and quality organisation as they held Liverpool to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last 16 match at Anfield on Tuesday in a game of few chances and little drama.But the result leaves it all to play for in the second leg in Munich on March 13 when the German side will be without defender Joshua Kimmich who will be suspended after picking up a yellow card.Perhaps it was a case of both sides showing too much respect for the other — certainly both were wary of over-committing in attack — but for fans used to entertainment and drama on European nights at Anfield it was a let down.From the result point of view, it’s OK: Klopp”It is not the result or the game we dreamed of,” said Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp.”I can’t remember any chances for either side in the second half. It wasn’t a Champions League night from that point of view. From a result point of view, it’s OK.”It is no accident that Bayern have reached the semi-finals of this competition in six of the last seven seasons and they showed their pragmatic calmness to subdue Liverpool’s normally lively front three.”I can’t remember too many clubs who have avoided defeat and kept a clean sheet here,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac.”The fact that we managed to restrict them to very few chances shows that we played very well tactically as well as technically.”advertisementMohamed Salah, the man Liverpool look to for moments of inspiration, to create a goal out of nothing, had a night to forget with one of his poorest displays in this competition.Liverpool simply could not find the fluency and rhythm that brings the best out of their forward line although they will be pleased, in the absence of their defensive rock Virgil van Dijk, to have kept out Bayern.Key to that rearguard resilience was the performance from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who deputised well in the central-defensive role keeping Bayern’s scoring threat Robert Lewandowski quiet.In midfield, Jordan Henderson delivered an excellent display, especially in the opening 45 minutes, when he broke up Bayern’s attempts to create and also contributed some drive to Liverpool’s forward thrusts.HALF-CHANCESThere were few clear-cut chances in the game although Liverpool created several half-openings in the first period.The first was one of the best they managed — Henderson found Salah, who had snuck in behind Niklas Sule, but the Egyptian’s toe-poke at full stretch was straight at Manuel Neuer.At the other end, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker had to be alert to keep out a mis-hit clearance from Joel Matip that hit him in the chest.Kingsley Coman fired into the side-netting after a sloppy give away from Alisson but that was a rare sign of jitters from either defence.Bayern were content to sit deep after the break and the closest Klopp’s side came in the second half was a diving header from Sadio Mane in the 86th minute which Neuer pushed around the post.This was not a night that will go in the list of great European encounters at Anfield, a fact reflected in a rather flat atmosphere for much of the game, but Liverpool know they still have a chance to progress.”You’re playing an experienced team. They’ve been here and done it for five or six years,” said left back Andy Robertson.”We’ve kept a clean sheet, could’ve scored a couple of goals but the tie is well and truly alive. If we score there it’s crucial.”Also Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East BengalAlso Read | Manchester City must win Champions League to be among elite: Ilkay GundoganFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Liverpool vs Bayern MunichFollow Champions League Round of 16Follow Jurgen KloppFollow Mohamed SalahFollow Niko Kovac